Medical Board of Australia draft guidelines on complementary and unconventional medicine and emerging treatments

01-Mar-2019

The Medical Board of Australia is consulting on options to better regulate medical practitioners who provide complementary and unconventional medicine and emerging treatments.

They are looking at options to best protect patients and minimise the risk of harm to them, without stifling innovation, making a judgement about specific clinical practices or limiting patients’ right to choose their healthcare.

The consultation paper, including a discussion paper and draft guidelines, are published on the Board’s website.

The proposed draft guidelines provide a framework for doctors practising in this area, but do not rule in or out specific complementary and unconventional medicine and emerging treatments. They are designed to be used alongside Good medical practice: a code of conduct for doctors in Australia.

There is not yet a widely agreed definition of complementary and unconventional medicine and emerging treatments and the Board is consulting on a proposed definition that includes:

‘…any assessment, diagnostic technique or procedure, diagnosis, practice, medicine, therapy or treatment that is not usually considered to be part of conventional medicine, whether used in addition to, or instead of, conventional medicine. This includes unconventional use of approved medical devices and therapies’.

Read more about the consultation and the options in the news item. The consultation paper is on the Board’s website under Current consultations. The Board is keen to hear from practitioners, stakeholders and the community.

Please email written submissions to medboardconsultation@ahpra.gov.au marked: ‘Consultation on complementary and unconventional medicine and emerging treatments’.

The consultation closes on 12 April 2019.